The ride falls on Sunday, May 10, 2015 and has the same fantastic routes as in previous years:
- 68 mile route starting at 730 a.m.
- 34 mile route starting at 9:00 a.m.
- 17 mile route starting at 10:00 a.m.
- 3.4 mile Family Ride starting at 10:30 a.m.
This year, for every friend you refer who registers for the ride, you’ll earn raffle tickets for our fabulous door PRIZES!
The ride’s home base at Newton City Hall will again feature the wonderful Boston University Pep Band, a Safety Clinic, and FREE FOOD!
Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Caroline Genco, and Joe Genco at the 2015 SoulCycle benefit for the CCG Foundation
For the second year in a row, the CCG Foundation partnered with the Newton Mayor’s office to host a benefit cycling class at SoulCycle in Chestnut Hill. The event took place on Saturday, March 7th 2015 and was a huge success! We had 48 individuals join in this intense cycling class, raising over $1,500 for the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation!
A HUGE thank you to Mayor Setti Warren and his administration for their help in coordinating the event, as well as a shout out to our sponsors, Sweet Idea! and Starbucks of Newton Centre for providing cookies and coffee for a post-workout treat.
Join us again next year and stay tuned for details on our upcoming Spring Benefit and Mother’s Day Memorial Ride!
For the second year in a row, we have the incredible opportunity to cycle alongside Newton Mayor Setti Warren at our SoulCycle fundraiser!
SoulCycle is an awesome, upbeat, indoor cycling class that is definitely not your typical gym session. SoulCycle riders climb, sprint, jog, dance, and have a total blast with a vibrant instructor and a classroom full of excited participants. Plus, you get to ‘race’ the Mayor — can’t pass up that opportunity for bragging rights 🙂
Riders are encouraged to arrive at 2:30 PM, and class begins promptly at 3 PM. SoulCycle will provide cycling shoes and water with each bike reservation as well as a gift bag from the CCG Foundation. Come early and you can also join SoulCycle’s One Year Anniversary Celebration (8 am – 1 pm) complete with photo booth, DJ, and refreshments!
Limited space is available, so register early to save your bike!
Even if you can’t join…
Please help us spread the word by sharing this event on facebook & twitter with our hashtag #bike4christina !
Today is one of those days where it’s insanely easy to get caught up in the daily grind of it all, until you realize what date it is. Three years ago, we lost our incredible friend Christina Genco, and thinking about it still cuts deep.
I’ve had the immense fortune of knowing Christina as a friend, serving my community alongside her through Bike & Build, and now being a part of this foundation that carries on her legacy. As the years get longer, we all realize that more and more people who hear about and our touched by our foundation’s works — whether that be donating money to affordable housing organizations, installing free lights onto Boston cyclists’ bicycles, or supporting opportunities for youth athletics — will be people who never got to know her sweet, kind, giving soul. And you know what? Though that seems sad on the surface, we should look at that as pretty amazing, since we’ve had incredible support from the community at large as much as we’ve had support from Christina’s friends and family. For that, I can tell you, the foundation is eternally grateful.
I’m reminded of some answers to a ’20 Questions’ game that Christina played with her co-leaders before departing on her last Bike & Build trip. One of the questions was, “You are at a doctor’s office and she just informs you that you have one month to live. What do you do with your remaining days?” Christina said, “I would want to spend the rest of the time with my family and friends. I would want to celebrate my life rather than be sad about it coming to a close.”
Honestly, for what it’s worth, I think we’re doing a pretty good job of it on her behalf. Endless appreciation goes out to anyone trying to change the world for the better, today or tomorrow — because whether you know it or not, you’re celebrating what Christina was about.
-Sarah Royal, Board Member of the Christina Clarke Genco Foundation
If you got a set of free lights, or simple have heard about our light giveaway heres the deal.
Want to voluneteer for our next giveaway?
Email your contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header: Bike light volunteering. Include your contact information.
As soon as we have a date set we will email you with our next giveaway date and all the relevant infomation.
Pay It Forward
Its that simple. We hope to see you lighting up the streets of Boston.
We’re super excited to have, on the heels of our incredible Memorial Ride, the SOULCYCLE fundraiser with Mayor Setti Warren on June 7 @ 2:30 p.m.!
SoulCycle is an awesome, upbeat, indoor, re-invented spin class that is definitely not your typical gym session. SoulCycle riders climb, sprint, jog, dance, and have a total blast with a vibrant instructor and a classroom full of excited participants. Plus, you get to ‘race’ the Mayor — can’t pass up that opportunity for bragging rights.
Spread the word to your friends in the Boston area, and sign up here today!
Note: this event is the NEW date for the previous postponed SoulCycle ride — those of you who signed up and registered earlier are already still signed up, so just show up to the event and you’re good to go!
Great news — the weather forecast is calling for ZERO rain this Sunday, May 11 for our third annual Mother’s Day Memorial Ride, starting at Newton City Hall!
There’s still time to register for the ride online at bikereg.com, but keep in mind that you can always register day of, too. We’ll be ready to take cash, check, or credit cards at the registration booth. Be sure to show up at least a half hour before the various start times:
- 8:00 am – 68 mile route
- 9:00 am – 34 mile route
- 10:00 am – 17 mile route
- 10:30 am – 3.4 mile ride for families… with PRIZES for best costume and best decorated bike!
BONUS: Care to attend our indoor event with art, booze, and delicious food to hide from the rain Saturday, May 10? Check out our Spring Benefit… also available, of course, to register day of. Bring a few friends and just show up!
Our SoulCycle benefit class has been moved to June 7th at 2:30PM!
All tickets purchased from the original May 3rd date will be honored. If you cannot attend the new date we will gladly issue a refund. Please contact us (email@example.com) with any questions or concerns.
If you’re still itching to bike, sign up to ride one of our four routes on Mothers Day May 11th in the mean time!
Data is one of the most important components of modern bike safety. Collected by interest groups and local government agencies, this information is organized and displayed to paint a grand, detailed picture of what cycling is really like in a city or town.
Here are three examples of how data is being used to make streets safer for cycling:
Crash Data – Boston began properly gathering and analyzing cyclist crash data in 2010 from Boston Police and EMS. In 2013, the city released its first crash report. The information collected in reported crashes involving cyclists from 2010-2012 included the cause of crash (cyclist ran red light, motorist failed to yield, etc.), the location, and if the cyclist was wearing a helmet. The city and its cycling advocacy organization, Boston Bikes, used the data to shape their programs and actions for 2013. For instance, as 22% of reported crashes were caused by “dooring”, city officials began encouraging taxi companies to post signs in their vehicles alerting passengers to check for cyclists before exiting.
Traffic Data – New innovations make it easier than ever for cities to collect data on bike traffic. Arlington, VA installed a new “bikeometer” last week to count the number of cyclists that pass through one of the busiest intersections in the city. The device displays a real-time count of daily cyclist traffic along with monthly and yearly totals.
Commuter Surveys – Many cities across the country survey residents and commuters to find out how they travel, where they go most, and what they’d like to see for improvements. Calgary, AB recently conducted a survey of residents and found that residents were particularly concerned with the combined lack of bike infrastructure and amount of bike traffic in downtown. The city council’s transportation department is taking quick action and planning on creating a network of two-way cycletracks for a pilot program as early as next summer. The city even believes that area bicycle traffic will double in the first year. Calgary’s plan is a great model for how cities can save money by going straight to the source, the public, to create the most effective infrastructure first.
Behind every great cycling community is a highly productive team of organizers, constantly working to provide innovative resources and programs that ensure everyone is riding safer.
The 2013 recipient of the CCG Foundation Bike Safety Fellowship, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), performs this type of on-the-ground work in the greater Washington DC area.
Here are some of the above-and-beyond educational efforts WABA provides to make cycling even safer in their community:
Motorist Awareness: WABA works with public transportation and bus fleets to increase drivers’ awareness of cyclists on the road. While educating all motorists can seem like a daunting task, focusing on these drivers is especially important. Buses and cyclists often share lanes, and those buses will also need to cross bike lanes to pick up customers.
Educator Resources: Teaching the next generation of cyclists safe and proper habits creates a safer future for everyone. WABA provides tools to parents, teachers, and community leaders for every aspect of personal bike safety, including fitting helmets, administering safe riding courses, and teaching bicycle law.
Bike Share Member Safety Courses: This year WABA and Bethesda Transportation Solutions are teaming up to make cycling even more accessible in Washington DC. Members of Capital Bikeshare (the Hubway or CitiBike of Washington) will be able to sign up for a free “Intro to City Cycling” course where participants will learn about bike infrastructure, coexisting with other vehicles on the road, and some best practices for urban riding.